Readers’ Books events on 10/23, 10/24. 10/26 10/27 and 10/28

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 11, 2007*

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707-939-1779

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Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. *Ed Cooper*, author of “Soul of the Heights: 50 Years of Going to the Mountains “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Ed Cooper, author of “Soul of the Heights: 50 Years of Going to the Mountains”, will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 23^rd , at 7:30 p.m. The book is not only a photographic autobiography of a climber, it’s a record of climbs made by one of the most important climbers of his generation. The spectacular photographs of many of the best-known mountains of North America provide intense insider views of mountaineering and rock climbing during he 50s and 60s.

This was the golden age of mountaineering and Cooper’s daring accomplishments in Canada, the North Cascades, and Yosemite are legendary. His narrative reveals the intensely competitive nature of the sport while the photographs illustrate the beauty that inspired the ascent of a new route or an unconquered face or peak.

Cooper, who has lived in Sonoma for 27 years, was climbing and shooting in the “dinosaur” age when equipment and techniques were primitive (and heavy) by today’s standards making his feats all the more astounding. He is also the former publisher of the “Cooper Classics” line of postcards and other souvenir items in Sonoma and the North Bay.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. *George Taber*, author of “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /Reception at 7 sponsored by Hanzell Vineyards. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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George Taber will be back at Readers’ Books on Wednesday, October 24th, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle.” Taber is also the author of “Judgment of Paris,” about the famous 1976 wine tasting event that thrust California wines onto center stage, Hanzell Vineyards, which is featured in one of the book’s chapters, will be sponsoring a reception at 7 p.m.

One of the most controversial topics in the world of wine is what should be used to seal a bottle? Glass, cork, plastic, a screwcap, or something we haven’t thought of yet? For four centuries cork ruled. But starting in the 1970s, corks’ dominance began to teeter. Because of an obscure chemical known as TCA in corks, a very expensive bottle of wine can smell like wet newspaper and taste worse. But what should replace corks? And what about the ceremony in opening a bottle, especially with that special corkscrew?

Taber has a thorough command of history, science, winemaking, and marketing he examines all sides of the debate with an even hand. Even more engaging, though, are the interviews of those who have tried, experimented with, and become passionate about “closures.” Although this is a book about a technical problem, it is also a great read for anyone interested in wine and winemakers.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Gail Tsukiyama, author of “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Gail Tsukiyama, best-selling author of “Samuri’s Garden” and “Language of Threads” will return to Readers’ Books to talk about her new novel “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms on Friday, October 26th, at 7:30 p.m.

In her new work Tsukiyama tackles life in Japan before, during, and after WWII. This complex intergenerational saga is a fascinating depiction of the passing of old Japan and the birth of a new country. Tsukiyama writes with astonishing grace of characters who are heartbreakingly believable. With clarity and power she moves the reader inside the worlds of sumo and noh to illustrate the intimacies of family love and devotion. This is a born storyteller exploring what happens to ordinary people during frightening and tragic times.

Gail Tsukiyama is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, She lives in Northern California.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Saturday, October 27, 6 p.m. *Pino Luongo & Mark Strausman*, authors of “Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen,” will be at Meritage Restaurant, 165 W. Napa Street, Sonoma, to talk about their book. $80 includes four-course meal and the cookbook. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman, chefs, friends, and business partners for over 20 years, have put together “Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen,” a compendium of their experience, wonderful recipes, and continual arguments about the right way to make everything from meatballs to pasta. They will be at Meritage Restaurant,on Saturday, October 27^th at 6 p.m. to talk about their book. A four-course meal based on recipes in the cookbook will be served.

Pino is a native of Italy and a purist grounded in tradition. Mark is a New Yorker who loves the Italian-American food he grew up with. Both love each other’s food and they share a philosophy that simple food that makes family, friends, and customers happy is the best. Their recipes include Tuscan Fish Stew, Shrimp in Blood Orange Marinade with Fennel, Espresso Panna Cotta, and much more. They own Coco Pazzo in Manhattan together and each has other food enterprises as well.

Tickets for the event are $80, available at Readers’ Books, and include a four-course meal with beverage, tax and tip, as well as a copy of the cookbook.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-

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Sunday, October 28, 4:30 p.m. *Judy Bart Kancigor*, author of “Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Judy Bart Kancigor, author of “Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, October 28th, at 4:30 p.m., to share recipes from five generations of a food-obsessed family. This event is co-sponsored by the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom. Food, of course, will be served!

“Cooking Jewish” invites the reader not just into the kitchen, but into a vibrant world of family and friends. By the end of the book, one knows the whole clan, has heard at least 160 stories—illustrated with 500 family photographs, and has learned 532 recipes. From Russian Brisket and Hazelnut-Crusted Rack of Lamb to Aunt Irene’s traditional matzoh balls (Judy’s are updated with shiitake mushrooms) to Kugel with Toffee Walnuts, every recipe you’ve ever heard of and manyyou haven’t are here.

Judy Kancigor is a food journalist with the Orange County Register. She claims her mother’s chicken soup is the best ever and that when you write a cookbook you can say things like that. Also, don’t miss Tanta Esther Gittel’s husband’s second wife Lena’s Nut Cake!

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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